The Dark Knights are drawing in – Halloween Tricks and Treats this Half-Term - Monday, 14 October 2013
Head to the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, this half-term for a host of spooky horrors, including a chance to explore the myth and legend behind the mysterious world of vampires.
From fascinating tales of vampire slaying – to a breath-taking stunt-riding horse show and huge Halloween party – Britain’s oldest public museum has lined up a spine-chilling programme of events to appeal to all.
Royal Armouries’ Halloween programme runs from Saturday, October 26, to Sunday, November 3. Admission is free, but charges apply for some activities and events.
There will be a variety of spooky activities throughout the week, including gruesome tales of executions of famous kings and queens, survival tips for a Zombie Apocalypse and the chance to get up close to grisly instruments of torture. Younger visitors can test their bravery by entering the spooky maze, receiving fake wounds or making macabre crafts.
Museum director Peter Armstrong said, “We’ve got something for all ages this half-term. Museum admission is absolutely free and it’s an exciting, entertaining and informative day out for all the family.”
Main highlights include:
- Family Halloween Party – This annual event sells out quickly as ghouls, ghosts and witches reveal themselves on the spookiest night of the year. Go on an eerie, mystery tour of the museum after dark, take part in our fancy dress completion and shake your bones at our Horror Disco (Thursday, October 31, 6pm – 9.30pm. U16s: £9, Adults £6
- Horrible Horse Shows – Atkinson action Horses will terrify and delight audiences with their dare-devil displays of horsemanship (Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2. Shows at 12 noon & 3pm. Concessions: £4, Adults: £6
- Crash Course in Protection from the Undead – Discover the mystery behind the museum’s “vampire-slaying kit” with Curator of Firearms, Jonathan Ferguson, as he reveals ‘How to Kill a Vampire’ in his updated, hugely popular talk (Wednesday, 30 October ). Age 13+. £5
- Weird Wildlife – can you handle snakes, spiders and lizards? (Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, November 3). All day
- Fearsome Falconry Displays – See these fabulous birds in flight (Sunday, October 27 & Wednesday, October 30. Shows at 12 noon & 3pm. Concessions: £2, Adults: £4
- Fantastic Falconry Experience – Discover the ancient art of the falconer and get up close to these mesmerising birds. Includes Falconry Show – (Sunday, October 27 & Wednesday, October 30. Shows at 12 noon & 3pm. Concessions: £7, Adults: £9.
Royal Armouries is home to the national collection of arms and armour, including artillery, and has three British sites – at the Tower of London; a purpose-built museum in Leeds; and at Fort Nelson in Hampshire.
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Notes to editors
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
- Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-25 December
- Information Line: 0113 220 1999
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.